INDIANAPOLIS -Walter Henning has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting a high school national record in the men's hammer throw Sunday at the St. Anthony's Invitational in South Huntington, New York.
The 2006 USA Junior and Nike Outdoor National champion, Henning won the men's hammer throw with his high school national record-breaking throw if 78.00 meters/255 feet 11 inches, smashing the previous record of 77.16m/253-2 set in 1999 by Jake Freeman. Henning also broke the New York state record in the men's shot put with his heave of 21.02m/68-11.75, bettering Ed Ellis' mark of 20.49m/67-3 from 1982.
Now in its sixth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2007 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 2, Thomas Morgan; January 9, Jacquelyn Coward; January 16, Ryan Hall; January 23, Johnny Dutch; January 30, Shalane Flanagan; February 6, Gail Devers; February 13, Alan Culpepper; February 20, Bernard Lagat; February 27, Christian Cantwell; March 6, Fasil Bizuneh; March 13, Natasha Hastings; March 20, Anthony Famiglietti; March 27, Nadine O'Connor; April 4, Natasha Hastings; April 10, Diana Pickler; April 17, Shalane Flanagan; April 24, Virginia Tech women's team, Ryan Hall; May 1, Jen Rhines; May 8, Walter Henning.